Heheh, aren't "binaural" recordings the same as Stereo? I wonder why they call them like that :-)
That's what one might think, but in my understanding, the filtering of frequencies that travel through the head (or dummy head) has a huge impact on stereo imaging. As a result, recordings made with a set of binaural mics worn on the head tend to sound like you're "right there" when listened to in headphones. Correct me if I'm wrong....this was explained-not demonstrated- to me by someone who does way too much explaining and not nearly enough demonstrating.
I thought Binaural was exactly the same as recording a stereo pair: Bi-Aural
Interesting concept placing the mics like that; it seems like a very logical thing to do.
So... lets say you wanna record something in 5.1 surround, do you send 4 people to each corner of the hall with mics on their heads?
I'd hate to be the "Far" mic and having to run all the stairs up and down in a concert hall.
Binaural sound relies on a model of a human head, detailed at least to the level of having ears with earlobes, etc. and having a similar mass and smoothness. Suffice it to say the main manufacturer of Binaural heads is Neumann. Two omni condenser mics in the ears and you've got a binaural array.
Is the result worth the hassle (and extra expense of buying a head?) I just know I like the way I can adjust the pan and spread of the VRSounds libs I have, they can be sent back or brought forward easily without conflicting with the other tracks. And they sound good both in phones and through speakers.
I don't know how Franz records his samples (it's more involved than just using a standard recording technique like the binaural process.) But they do sit well in a mix.
------- It's all about the music - really. I keep telling myself that...